Double loan spell for Nouble at Reds

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BARNSLEY have signed West Ham striker Frank Nouble on a one-month loan deal.

Nouble played four games for the Reds on loan last season and has returned for a second playing spell at Oakwell.

Barnsley boss Keith Hill said: “Frank represents value for money. We’ve got him for a month initially, then we’ll see what happens. I know he’s been to the club on loan but it’s a good opportunity for us to have a look at him. Everyone forgets he’s a young lad, but he’s very talented and he’s a little bit more mature now.”

Nouble, 20, has played 13 times for West Ham but has struggled to cement a regular starting place. The former England U17 and U19 international has featured three times as a second half substitute for the Hammers, but has spent most of this season on loan at Gillingham.

He scored six goals in 14 games for the Gills and in the past two season has been on loan at six clubs in an attempt to gain experience.

“He’s been pulled from pillar to post, I think he’d benefit from a home,” added Hill. “It’s an ideal opportunity for him to come in and play some games.

“He’s match fit and will be in our squad for Saturday’s match at Southampton.

“Whether he starts or not I’ll decide later in the week. We need to make sure we look after him and give him the chance to be successful. It’s a good deal for us because we have definitely been missing an ingredient from our creative side.”